Editor's Blog
Written by Laura King
April 9, 2013, Toronto – The tragic, fatal fire in East Gwillimbury, Ont., on March 29 has led to some discussion in my circles about municipal boundaries and seamless fire protection. Is seamless fire protection possible? Should the closest station respond to the call no matter which municipality it is in? Should fire be a regional or provincial responsibility so that local boundaries are eliminated?
Written by Laura King
April 4, 2013, Toronto – The tragic loss of four lives in a house fire last week in East Gwillimbury, Ont., has drawn predictably sensational coverage by mainstream media. Finally, after Ontario Fire Marshal Ted Wieclawek clarified at a press conference yesterday that the response time of the volunteer firefighters in East Gwillimbury was not a contributing factor in the four deaths, there is some accuracy to the reporting.
Written by Laura King
March 20, 2013, Ottawa – Fire chiefs here in Ottawa for the CAFC’s government relations week seem to have made quite an impression on Bytown as they walked up and down O’Connor and Metcalfe streets, often in pairs, en route to Parliament Hill to meet with MPs. 
Written by Laura King
March 19, 2013, Ottawa – The most instructive moment in a meeting I sat in on yesterday between Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L., Fire Chief Vince MacKenzie and Newfoundland NDP MPs Jack Harris (St. John’s East) and Ryan Cleary (St. John’s South – Mount Pearl), happened when MacKenzie explained that sometimes when his volunteer crews show up at structure fires they’re facing three fires not just one – because the siding is burning on the homes on either side of the primary structure.
Written by Laura King
March 18, 2013, Ottawa – As blogger Rob Evans put it last week, a week’s worth of work will be crammed into three days here in Ottawa for the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs government relations week.
Written by Laura King
Oct. 30, 2012, Toronto – Some light reading landed in my in box early this morning – the 4,500-word ruling by arbitrator Russell Goodfellow on a Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association (TPFFA) grievance claiming that the city breached its collective agreement by failing to fill 40 firefighter vacancies in 2011.
Written by Laura King
Sept. 20, 2012, Toronto – Once again, we resume regular blogging . . .

The week ahead promises to be a whirlwind with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs conference (Fire-Rescue Canada) in St. John’s, N.L., followed immediately by our Firefighter Training Day/Career Expo in Waterloo, Ont., next weekend – followed by the OPFFA labour-relations conference in Niagara Falls, an emergency preparedness seminar in Burlington, Ont., a mock disaster exercise in mid-October, Firefighters Speak Up (featuring Billy Goldfeder) in late October and the Fire Service Women Ontario conference in early November.

Written by Laura King
Aug. 8, 2012 – Having sat through part of the trial against the Municipality of Meaford, Ont., and its fire department on a charge of failing to set up an accountability system at a 2009 restaurant fire, yesterday’s ruling by Justice of the Peace Thomas Stinson was no surprise.
Written by Laura King
July 3, 2012, Toronto - How hot was it in the parking lot of the Grand River Employment and Training Centre at Six Nations on Saturday for the 22nd Annual Ontario Native Firefighters Competition?
Written by Laura King
June 28, 2012 - The comments on the blogs posted here yesterday, and the e-mails I’ve received in the last 24 hours, speak volumes.

Written by Laura King
June 27, 2012, Toronto - Are the lives of firefighters and rescuers worth less than the potential lives of people trapped under thousands of tons of unstable concrete and rubble? Or vice versa?

Who decides, and at what cost?
Written by Laura King
June 26, 2012 - I don’t know that I’ve ever been so frustrated by coverage of a news story as I was after watching CBC’s The National last night.
Written by Laura King
June 25, 2012 - We now return to regularly scheduled blogging . . .

After several weeks on the road at conferences, training sessions, trials, hearings, inquests, retirement dinners, meetings, interviews, photo and video shoots, and the occasional golf tournament (shhh!), I’m getting grief from regular readers who have been enjoying our new bloggers but lamenting the absence of my witty repartee and keen observations of the Canadian fire service.
Written by Laura King
May 29, 2012 – There appeared to be good news yesterday when Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said he’s concerned about the length of a technical review of fire safety in retirement homes and wants to speed up the months-long process.
Written by Laura King
May 28, 2012, Toronto - Irony.

My in box was buzzing yesterday morning with news that two seniors – a couple, 84 and 87 – died in a fire at an unsprinklered retirement home in Hawkesbury, Ont., Friday night.
Written by Laura King
May 25, 2012, Toronto – Great news out of Alberta, where the Conservative government announced presumptive legislation for post-traumatic stress disorder in its throne speech on Thursday.
Written by Laura King
May 16, 2012, Midhurst, Ont. – There was further clarification yesterday at the inquest into four fire fatalities at the Muskoka Heights retirement home in Orillia, Ont., about the number of firefighters required to rescue residents in the event of fire.
Written by Laura King
May 15, 2012, Toronto – After a couple of days respite from the road, I’m heading back to Midhurst tomorrow for the coroner’s inquest into the four fire deaths at the Muskoka Heights retirement home in Orillia in 2009.

Written by Laura King
May 10, 2012, Toronto – They got me! As editor of Canada’s premier fire magazines and a longtime news reporter, I pride myself on knowing what’s going on, particularly here in Ontario where the fire service faces some sticky issues.
Written by Laura King
May 7, 2012 - Ladders Up for the Foundation rocked! Congratulations to M&L Supply’s Mark Prendergast, FFIC’s Catherine Connolly and the organizing committee members whose countless hours of prep work resulted in a rockin’ band, a room full of fire chiefs, training officers and firefighters, and $26,500 for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation! (There will be photos – stand by as we iron out some technical difficulties!).

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